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Don't put history in the bin

Wednesday, 4th August, 2010

* Neville Bent and Richard Day with photos of Richard's World War One relative Charlie Day and his grave. * Neville Bent and Richard Day with photos of Richard's World War One relative Charlie Day and his grave.

Locals are being asked to think about what rubbish they throw out, because it could be a part of the city's history.

Neville Bent, from Bent and Bennetts, is worried people are disposing of old photos and relics that may be valuable.
Mr Bent was helping to clean out an estate last week when he saw a box of old photos and post cards that were about to be ditched.
He asked he if could have the box which contained about 100 photos.
One of them was of the grave of a local man, Charlie Day, who fought as a sapper in World War I.
Mr Bent tried to find relations of Mr Day and found Richard Day who was related to the digger.
After informing Mr Day about the photos, Mr Bent gave the rest of the photos to the Broken Hill Family History Group in the Trades Hall so they could be put on display.
"Before you throw them out, bring them into me (at Bent and Bennetts) and I will pass them on," said Mr Bent.
"History is being thrown out. We're seeing too much of it."
Mr Day also asked that people write names of their relations on the back of photographs to help with identification.
"The main thing is to save things (like old photos, postcards, letters)," Mr Bent said.


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